Amanda

I am the store's general manager and I love to read mystery/thrillers, true crime, memoirs, as well as feminist and social justice non-fiction books. I usually always have at least three books going at any given time -- one on my nightstand, an audiobook, and a library book. I definitely tend to pick up titles that strike my current mood. I'm also the proud mom of three cats, Mr. Oscar Wilde, Fitzgerald, and Maya. I love chai tea lattes and listening to live music. My fiance and I love to travel; one of my goals when traveling is to visit at least one library or bookstore in the town we're visiting. I prefer mountains over the beach. 

Amanda's Reviewed Picks By Category: Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Social Issues, MemoirsPop Culture, Contemporary RomanceYA.

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The It Girl By Ruth Ware Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982155261
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - July 12th, 2022

I love a dark academia setting as the backdrop for a thriller, but throw in the fact that the protagonist is also a bookseller. *chef's kiss!* I think this is Ware's best book to date!


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I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

If you have zero knowledge or familiarly with iCarly, don’t worry! I didn’t either. I still found this memoir to be highly engrossing and incredible. I appreciate her honesty and bluntness when writing about such difficult topics. I think this memoir will have a big impact on a lot of people. Well worth the hype!


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Four Aunties and a Wedding By Jesse Q. Sutanto Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593333051
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Published: Berkley - March 29th, 2022

I loved this follow up to Dial A for Auntie! This book is hilarious, highly entertaining, and such a fun read. Definitely one to pick up if you are in a reading slump. 


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The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by) Cover Image
By Mike Birbiglia, J. Hope Stein (Supplement by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538701522
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 7th, 2021

You expect a book by a comedian to make you laugh, but this book made me laugh out loud, which is super rare for me. Birbiglia’s writing is consistently and genuinely funny without trying too hard. I enjoyed this much more than I anticipated and I think a lot of people would have fun with this one. 


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Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir By Erika L. Sánchez Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593296936
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Published: Viking - July 12th, 2022

Sanchez’s essay topics about growing up a Mexican American in Chicago range from sex, to mental health, to white feminism. This memoir is humorous, vulnerable, and brutally honest. It’s at times intense and hard-hitting, but always relatable, inspiring, and refreshingly raw. 


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The Love Hypothesis By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593336823
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Published: Berkley - September 14th, 2021

This is the academic romcom we've all been waiting for. I loved the STEM setting and the diverse characters. I will definitely be picking up Ali Hazelwood's new titles! 


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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup By John Carreyrou Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525431992
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Published: Vintage - January 28th, 2020

I was late to the Elizabeth Holmes party, but this story blew my mind. It's almost too bizarre to believe. Carreyrou did a great amount of research and interviews to bring us the inside scoop of the Theranos scam. He definitely earned and deserved the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for this book. 


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Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation By Erika Krouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250826466
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 14th, 2023

Tell Me Everything is a more personal, less “reporting” version of Missoula by Jon Krakauer. Krauss has a unique gift of getting complete strangers to open up about heavy topics and literally tell her everything. This book was captivating and shines a spotlight on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. 


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Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

I didn't think it was possible to love Emily Henry's books any more than I already do, but here we are. Book Lovers has become my new favorite novel of hers and for so many good reasons. It's a book about books with an enemies to lovers arc set in the most picturesque small town you can imagine with accidental "Roy Kent energy" (if you know, you know.) Henry is the queen of rom-com banter and I am SO here for it.


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The Comfort Book By Matt Haig Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143136668
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Published: Penguin Life - July 6th, 2021

What a lovely book! Reading this felt like getting a hug from a friend when you need it most. I'll definitely be keeping this handy on my nightstand for when I need a little pick me up. This would be a great gift book for anyone in your life. We all need a little comfort, reassurance, and encouragement from time to time and The Comfort Book delivers just that.